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Goto (go to) Telescopes and Mounts

Thursday, November 19th 2009 08:46 PM

  A golden age is upon us. The wish for popularity has been granted. That long slow fuse of public awareness has finally reached the keg of technology. The resultant explosion has ignited a firestorm of curiosity and demand. It will never be the same again. And it all began with motors, encoders, and a guy named Mel Bartels. Biographical commentary by The Belmont Society:   Mel Bartels  (photo from his website)    Allow us to introduce you to someone you should know about. You may not have heard of him before, but if you spend any time at all browsing the annals of contemporary amateur astronomy, you will find him at the forefront of development and evolution of computerized telescopes. In fact, he is considered by many to be the "Godfather of GO-TO".    Born in 1954, Mel Bartels works as a Systems Man...

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Finder scopes

Thursday, November 19th 2009 08:45 PM

     The passion that some of us have for astronomy can become far too expensive if we allow it to be. On the other hand, if we don't succumb to the temptations or obsessions that we are sometimes capable of, amateur astronomy can be rewarding enough on a fairly simple budget. Passion on a budget?    Of course the need or desire for basic accessories like eyepieces, although they are certainly necessary accouterments, can cloud our vision somewhat and make us crazy at times. After all, who can resist the sexy allure of a fine and hefty ocular. The world may not be the same without a Panoptic or an Ethos in our collection. There's something about a World Class eyepiece that makes us feel good, even if our telescope is middle-class.    On a budget, some folks will shell-out a few hundred on a scope, and then go over the top on acc...

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Dobsonians

Thursday, November 19th 2009 08:43 PM

      The basic parts of a typical Dobsonian telescope. This Orion SkyQuest Dob is labeled for our review. The business end of ourOptical tube is aimed to the upper left in the picture. Light from the image in the sky goes down the tube around the Secondary mirror, (held in position by the 4 vanes) and hits the Primary mirror inside the bottom of the tube. The image bounces back up the tube to the Secondary mirror, which angles it to the Eyepiece. The dial on the Focuser is turned until the image is in clear focus. With this size telescope, (10-inch diameter) a 6-foot man would stoop slightly to look into the eyepiece. Some Dobs are so large (24 inches or more in diameter) that an orchard ladder is required to get high enough to look in the eyepiece. Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian - Photo labeled by The Belmont Society...

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Are you a beginner in astronomy ? Read this it may help

Thursday, November 19th 2009 08:16 PM

  Astronomy 101 - Part 1 - Newtonian    Newtonian Reflectors Back to scope choices. The term "Newtonian reflector" is derived from the 17th century astronomer and scientist Isaac Newton, who is more famous for getting beaned with an apple than for his association with telescopes. Although he did not invent the reflector, (despite persistent rumor to the contrary) he had a great deal to do with building and perfecting the design already created by James Gregory. Unlike refractors, which make use of optical lenses, Newtonian reflectors utilize mirrors to do their work. Light from the image is directed to the bottom of a tube, where a precision-ground "primary" mirror is mounted. It bounces the image back up to a small "secondary" mirror which is mounted at an angle to redirect the...

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Site update 11/17/09

Tuesday, November 17th 2009 10:26 PM

 Latest on the site The ATWB  POD will be back up later today or this evening FBD (frequent buyer discounts) are working again Features of products will be back this evening Calculators - soon GE Money will be available today Telescopes 101 - soon Thank you for your continued patients  Herb and Paula York 800-850-2001 360-588-9000

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Tony Hallas comes to Anacortes Telescopes

Tuesday, November 17th 2009 03:56 AM

 E-Z CCD DVD Tony explains step by step how he uses the power of Photoshop for his image processing. /Products/15689-Anacortes-Telescope-e-z-ccd-dvds-video-lecture-by-tony-hallas.aspx 3 Volumes Volume 1 - 1.   Introduction 2.   Curves 3.   Stretching Data I 4.   Stretching Data II 5.   Stretching Short Exposure 6.   Image Enhancement 7.   Copy and Paste 8.   Combine with Mask Volume 2 - 9.   Color I 10. Color II 11. Inbetween Lesson 12. Making the LRGB 13. LRGB Final Improvement 14. Star Reduction 15. Noise Reduction Volume 3 - 16. Evaluating Color 17. Visual Pyschology 18. Mosaic I 19. Mosaic II 20. Actions 21. H-Alpha I 22. H-Alpha II In one year Tony Hallas was a featured speaker at the Northeast Astronomy Forum, The Winter Star Party, The Riverside Telescope Maker's Conference, The Orange County AstroImage Conference, and the Advanced Imaging Co...

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Takahashi TSA 120 now available at Anacortes Telescopes

Friday, November 13th 2009 01:27 AM

 /Products/15545-Takahashi-tsa-120-120mm-apo-refractor.aspx   TOP / / TSA-120 120MM APO REFRACTOR    TSA-120 120mm APO Refractor Manufacturer : Takahashi Part Number : TSA0120  NEW!  The TSA-120 is the second triplet apochromat in the TSA Series. Its superb color correction will provide high contrast images with pin point stars across the field.   The TSA-120 is a great scope for imaging!      First deliveries expected by the end of November, 2009. NEW!  The TSA-120 is the second triplet apochromat in the TSA Series. Its superb color correction will provide high contrast images with pin point stars across the field. The compact size of 28" allows the TSA-120 to be easily transported to remote sites. The TSA-120 is a great scope for imaging. The TOA 35 flattener converts the 120 into an f/7.3 882mm flat field 2.6º instrument and the reducer changes it to an f/5.6 672mm...

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 /Manufacturer/131-baader-planetarium.aspx   BAADER PLANETARIUM   The history of the name Baader in Astronomy dates back to the year 1852, when Michael Baader opened an Optical Manufacturing Company in the middle of Munich, after having worked since 1838 in the optical glass works company of "Martin Woerle" and being married with Woerle's daughter. Woerle had gained deep knowledge in the production of optical glass and the secrets of production and testing of achromatic lenses under direct supervision of Josef von Fraunhofer, one of the founders of modern optics and inventor of the "German Mount". Baader Telescopes won prizes for excellent optics and mechanical workmanship at a number of International Industrial Fairs of that time from Berlin to Paris. Seven telescopes of Michael Baader are still to be seen at the present company as well as the prize awarding documents. Claus Baader, the founder of t...

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SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger are now in STOCK

Friday, November 13th 2009 01:17 AM

 /Products/15582-SPOT-spot-ii-satellite-gps-messenger-orange.aspx SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger (Orange) Manufacturer : SPOT Part Number : SPOT-2O  Introducing the next generation of personal satellite messaging and emergency communications providing enhanced GPS performance in a smaller and lighter form.  The SPOT Personal Tracker raised the safety factor for millions who took to the outdoors each year. SPOT notifies friends, family or an international rescue coordination center with your GPS location and status based on situation and need - all with the push of a button.    The SPOT Personal Tracker raised the safety factor for millions who took to the outdoors each year. SPOT notifies friends, family or an international rescue coordination center with your GPS location and status based on situation and need - all with the push of a button.  ...

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Site update Tuesday 11- 10

Tuesday, November 10th 2009 10:42 PM

 Categories are functioning now ATWB POD will be operating later today Dead links are being fixed as found Specifications / Some pictures / our accounting interface for FBD (previous) will be next on the list to be activated Calculators will be back soon too   Making progress however slowly Thank you Herb and Paula York Anacortes Telescopes 800-850-2001 360-588-9000  

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